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J&K police officer lynched outside mosque in Srinagar

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J&K police officer lynched outside mosque in Srinagar

Posted on 23 June 2017 by GGS News

Srinagar : A senior police officer was lynched by a mob after an altercation outside Jamia Masjid in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar on Thursday night, officials said on Friday.

Police said the officer has been identified as a local deputy superintendent of police Mohammed Ayub Pandith and that he was working in the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir police.

‘’Another police officer sacrificed his life in line of duty. DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith of Security attacked and beaten to death by a mob at Nowhatta last night,” the police said in a statement.

Director general of police SP Vaid told the Hindustan Times that the officer was checking the access control in the area following a congregation.

“When he came out after checking access control in the area, he was surrounded by some miscreants who started manhandling him and asking for his identification. Initial investigation revealed that there was an altercation and the officer fired to get away from the mob. He was, however, overpowered and killed near Bata Chowk in Nowhatta area,” Vaid said.

Bata Chowk is in the vicinity of Jama Masjid where thousands of people had gathered for night-long congregational prayers at the mosque in the old city late on Thursday evening. Eyewitnesses said three people were injured in the firing.

News agency Press Trust of India reported a group of people had earlier spotted the policeman taking photographs outside the mosque. When they tried to catch him, he allegedly pulled out his pistol and fired shots that injured three people, it said.

Reports said Pandit’s security guards ran away after they found the mob too large to be handled. The policeman was allegedly stripped before killing him. Locals also destroyed police pickets in the area later.

Pandit, who belonged to Nowpora area, had been at the mosque post for quite some time and many locals who regularly visited knew him. Policemen posted in the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir police do not wear a uniform as a matter of service regulation.

While police confirmed the incident in the morning, many reports were doing the rounds during the night. Some linked the dead officer with intelligence agencies and others said the presence of a non-local had “irked people’’.
However, people expressed shock when the identity of the man was revealed on Friday morning. The administration has imposed curfew in the area following the incident.

Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in seven police station in Srinagar following the congregations of the last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan. Muslims observe fasts from dusk to dawn during the month.

Separatist had called for protests following the death of a protester during an operation in Pulwama in south Kashmir on Thursday. Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in the six-hour long operation and an Indian Army officer was injured.

The month of Ramzan has seen an increase in crackdowns by security forces on militants.

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Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers for President

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Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers for President

Posted on 23 June 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of different BJP-ruled states and its allies. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao were a part of the event, however, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported Kovind’s nomination was not present due to some reasons. As Kovind has the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and JD(U), he is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.
The 2017 Presidential election will see a Dalit versus Dalit as Seventeen Opposition parties on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar as their joint candidate for the post against the NDA’s pick former Bihar Governor. The election is scheduled to be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.
Follow Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination filing highlights here:
12:32 pm: Ram Nath Kovind is leaving after filing nomination.The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of different BJP-ruled states and its allies. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao were a part of the event, however, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported Kovind’s nomination was not present due to some reasons. As Kovind has the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and JD(U), he is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.
The 2017 Presidential election will see a Dalit versus Dalit as Seventeen Opposition parties on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar as their joint candidate for the post against the NDA’s pick former Bihar Governor. The election is scheduled to be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.
Follow Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination filing highlights here:
12:32 pm: Ram Nath Kovind is leaving after filing nomination.The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of different BJP-ruled states and its allies. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao were a part of the event, however, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported Kovind’s nomination was not present due to some reasons. As Kovind has the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and JD(U), he is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.
The 2017 Presidential election will see a Dalit versus Dalit as Seventeen Opposition parties on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar as their joint candidate for the post against the NDA’s pick former Bihar Governor. The election is scheduled to be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.
Follow Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination filing highlights here:
12:32 pm: Ram Nath Kovind is leaving after filing nomination.The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of different BJP-ruled states and its allies. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao were a part of the event, however, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported Kovind’s nomination was not present due to some reasons. As Kovind has the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and JD(U), he is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.
The 2017 Presidential election will see a Dalit versus Dalit as Seventeen Opposition parties on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar as their joint candidate for the post against the NDA’s pick former Bihar Governor. The election is scheduled to be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.
Follow Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination filing highlights here:
12:32 pm: Ram Nath Kovind is leaving after filing nomination12:03 pm: Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers.
11:57 am: Ram Nath Kovind goes to file nomination. Flanked by Narendra Modi, LK Advani.
11:45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Parliament House. Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination papers shortly.10:34 am: Chief ministers Chandrababu Naidu, Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis arrives at the Parliament House. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu joins the battery of CMs to accompany Ram Nath Kovind when he files papers today.
10:33 am: PM Narendra Modi is expected to arrive Parliament House by 11:30 am. Ram Nath Kovind to file nomination by 12, say BJP leaders.
10:30 am: I will ask Nitish ji to reconsider his decision, Meira Kumar will win: Lalu Yadav on JDU’s support to NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
10:24 am: With two factions of AIADMK backing NDA in Presidential poll, former Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam was seen with BJP leaders outside the Parliament House.

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At UN, India attacks Pak; asks about terror funding source

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At UN, India attacks Pak; asks about terror funding source

Posted on 22 June 2017 by GGS News

United Nations : In a veiled reference to Pakistan, India has asked the UN member states to find the source from where the “anti-government elements” in Afghanistan were getting weapons, training and funds to fight one of the biggest collective military forces in the world.

“We see a growing tendency of treating violence in Afghanistan as a routine occurrence. Brutalities by terrorist and criminal networks are ignored under the label of anti- government elements or a consequence of a civil and political conflict. In doing so, we appear to be failing in asking some crucial questions,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said yesterday.

Mincing no words, Akbaruddin, speaking at a Security Council debate on Afghanistan, questioned where are these anti-government elements were getting their weapons, explosives, training and funding from.

“Where do they find safe havens and sanctuaries? How is it that these elements have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world? How is it that these elements collaborate with the world’s most dreadful terrorists in killing and brutalising the Afghans?,” he asked.

Akbaruddin’s remarks appeared to be a veiled reference to Pakistan, which is accused by both India and Afghanistan of supporting, training and funding terrorist groups.

He also asserted that the international community should not differentiate between good and bad terrorists, as he admonished attempts to play one group against the other.

“The Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda, Daesh, Lashkar- e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk are all terror organisations, many of them proscribed by the UN. They should be treated like terrorist organisations with no justifications offered for their activities,” he said.

With Afghanistan reeling from terror attacks targeting hospitals, schools, funerals, international development agencies and diplomatic missions in recent months, Akbaruddin said such attacks “seem to be aimed at sending a message to a nation trying to stand on its feet.”

“Clearly, the international community is dealing in Afghanistan with an adversary who is not averse to flagrantly violating international humanitarian and human rights laws; an adversary flush with resources, weapons and operational support; an adversary that has access to sanctuaries outside the sovereignty of Afghanistan,” he said.

Akbaruddin lamented that the recent multiple crises inflicted on the war-torn country have again made Afghan territory attractive for criminal and terrorist groups, which seem well connected to international terror and crime networks that prey themselves on the resources of Afghanistan.

“This situation affects the security in South and Central Asian regions and beyond,” he said. “The international community’s collective inability and unwillingness to see the problem for what it is has inflicted huge costs on the people of Afghanistan.”

He also criticised the Security Council for at times even shying away from condemning some of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. “Is it that they are far too many to keep track of? Is it because there is a threshold below which human lives lost to terrorism are not required to be addressed,” he added.

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Fired by employer, man rapes, kills former’s 6-year-old daughter

Fired by employer, man rapes, kills former’s 6-year-old daughter

Posted on 22 June 2017 by GGS News

Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) : A man was “lynched to death” on Wednesday by locals after he allegedly raped and killed a six-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district.

The incident took place in Aligarh’s Bheekamapur village.The accused, a resident of Badaun, worked at the snacks shop of the girl’s father.

A month ago, the father of the girl fired him from work.

The man allegedly lured the girl and took her to the nearby farm where he raped and then killed her.

When the parents of the girl were unable to find her, they looking for her and later recovered her body from the farm. The accused was also found sitting beside the girl’s body.

Angry over the incident, the locals thrashed the accused. When the police reached the spot, the villagers handed over the man.

He was taken to a hospital by the police where he was declared dead a few hours later.

“The accused was nabbed by the locals. He was sitting near the body of the girl. He was drunk. He was thrashed by the people and later died at around 3 am,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Aligarh, Rajesh Kumar Pandey.

The police have filed a case.

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3 militants killed, Army officer injured in Jammu and Kashmir

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3 militants killed, Army officer injured in Jammu and Kashmir

Posted on 22 June 2017 by GGS News

Srinagar : Three local Lashker-e-Toiba militants were killed and an Army officer was injured in an overnight gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.The gunfight had erupted late Wednesday at Kakpora, nearly 30 km from Srinagar, when joint teams of the police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation following input on militants’ presence.
“As the searches were launched in the area, militants opened fire, which was retaliated, triggering a gunfight. In the exchange that continued for many hours, three local Lashkar militants were killed and a Major was injured,” a police officer in south Kashmir said. Two Rifles and ammunition were also seized from the site.
Sources identified the three slain militants as Majid Mir, Shakir Ahmed and Irshad, all residents of Pulwama.
Clashes also broke during the operation and youth pelted stones at the forces to disrupt the operation. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse the protesters.
After the encounter broke, the authorities suspended the Internet service in Pulwama district late last evening. The situation was tense in the district.
At least five militants have been killed since Wednesday morning. Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a district commander, were killed in an encounter with the police and security forces in Pazalpora area of north Kashmir’s Sopore sub-district.

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China hints at blocking India’s move on JeM chief in UN again

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China hints at blocking India’s move on JeM chief in UN again

Posted on 20 June 2017 by GGS News

Beijing : China on Tuesday hinted at blocking a UN ban on Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar once again, saying that disagreements continue to prevail in the UN Committee related to terrorism issues in this particular case.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang’s comments came in response to a question on the Azhar issue ahead of its review by the 1267 Committee of the UN next month.

China says that solid evidence is required to implicate the JeM leader. India has been asserting that it produced “solid evidence” for securing a ban on Azhar and actions of Pakistan-based terrorist is well documented.

“We have talked about our position many times. We believe that the principles of objectivity and professionalism and justice shall be upheld,” Geng told media briefing here.

Geng was responding to a question whether there can be a forward movement over China’s repeated technical holds to block India’s move to get a UN ban on Azhar.

“At present, some members have disagreement over the listing matter. And China stands ready to remain in coordination and communication with the relevant parties on this issue,” he said.

Beijing put a technical hold to a move in the UN by the US and other countries to declare Azhar a terrorist for his role in the Pathankot terror attack.

Last year, China had put technical holds on India’s application to designate Azhar as a terrorist.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who held strategic dialogue with Chinese officials in February here, said, “in the case of Azhar, Jaish itself is proscribed under 1267. So the proof is in 1267 committee action. In this case what he has done, extent of his actions are well documented.”

“It is not that the burden of proof is on India to convince. The sponsors (US and other countries) seem to be very well convinced otherwise they would not have taken the initiative to move the proposal,” he had said, referring to the US, the UK and France pressing for action on Azhar.

The 1267 Committee is consist of members of the UN Security Council.

Geng’s response to the Azhar issue followed a two-day meeting of the BRICS Foreign Ministers who took a strong stand on countering terrorism and working out international mechanisms to curb terrorism.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, who took part in the meeting, said BRICS should back a comprehensive convention on terrorism in the UN shedding ambiguity about good and bad terrorists.

“We have a consensus among the BRICS countries that all (kinds of) terrorism must be condemned and various measures must be taken to cooperate so that terrorism does not spread and harm any one of our countries,” Singh told a joint press conference with BRICS Foreign Ministers here yesterday.

Geng said today that BRICS countries had a working group on counter terrorism. China shares common position on the need for a comprehensive convention on international terrorism.

“As for convention on counter terrorism, I believe China and other BRICS counties have a similar position…We hope UN General Assembly can pass a compressive convention on terrorism…,” he added.

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India re-nominates Bhandari for another term as ICJ judge

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India re-nominates Bhandari for another term as ICJ judge

Posted on 20 June 2017 by GGS News

United Nations : India has re-nominated Justice Dalveer Bhandari as its candidate for another term as judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.
Bhandari, 69, was elected in April 2012 during simultaneous balloting in both the General Assembly and the Security Council to a seat on the International Court of Justice, which is also known as the World Court and is based in The Hague in the Netherlands. His current term runs through February 2018.
India filed Bhandari’s re-nomination yesterday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres here, well ahead of the July 3 deadline. The ICJ elections will be held in November and if elected, he will serve a term of nine years.
During his term at the ICJ, Bhandari has been engaged actively in the work of the Court and has delivered individual opinions in eleven cases covering a broad spectrum of subjects such as maritime disputes, whaling in Antarctica, crime of genocide, delimitation of continental shelf, nuclear disarmament, financing of terrorism and violation of sovereign rights.
Before joining the ICJ, Bhandari was a judge in the higher judiciary in India for more than 20 years. He had served as a senior judge in the Supreme Court of India.
The ICJ is composed of 15 judges elected to nine-year terms by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council that vote simultaneously but separately. In order to be elected, a candidate must receive an absolute majority of the votes in both bodies.
According to ICJ’s website, judges must be elected from among persons of high moral character, who possess the qualifications required in their respective countries for appointment to the highest judicial offices, or are jurisconsults of recognised competence in international law.
Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same nationality. Effort is also taken to ensure that the principal legal systems of the world are reflected in the composition of the court.
Established in 1945, the ICJ settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by other authorised UN organs.
The Court is open to all parties to its statute, which automatically includes all UN Member States.

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GST launch from mid-night June 30-July 1: Jaitley

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GST launch from mid-night June 30-July 1: Jaitley

Posted on 20 June 2017 by GGS News

NEW DELHI : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday ruled out any disruption in the economy in the short-term due to the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) and said that it would be beneficial in the medium to long run.

“I don’t think there will be any impact on growth,” he said, noting that already undeclared foods are coming into the system.

He further said that over the medium and long-term, GST, being a more efficient system, will help increase revenue. “Spending capacity of the Centre and States will increase which will have a positive impact on the GDP. The size of the formal economy will grow,” he said.

GST, which will subsume a plethora of indirect levies at the State and Central level will be rolled out, from July 1 after over a decade of preparations.

To mark its launch, the NDA government is also planning a special event on the midnight of June 30.

Briefing reporters about the launch function, the Finance Minister said it will take place at the Central Hall of Parliament. “The launch will be exactly at midnight when the switchover takes place. There will be a brief function for about an hour,” he said.

To acknowledge the efforts put in by successive governments at the Centre and States, the NDA Government is also inviting all MPs, State Finance Ministers and Chief Ministers, all members of the GST Council and previous Chairpersons of the Empowered Committee.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan, and two former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda have been invited to sit on the dais.

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CBI questions AAP minister Jain’s wife in money laundering probe

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CBI questions AAP minister Jain’s wife in money laundering probe

Posted on 19 June 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The CBI on Monday went to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s residence to seek clarifications from his wife in connection with an ongoing inquiry into allegations of money laundering against him.
The CBI sources said the agency had sought time from the minister’s wife.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the central government of “vendetta politics”.
“Central govt (sic) of BJP is misusing CBI for its vendetta politics. After Dy CM Manish Sisodia, BJP’s CBI raids on Minister,” the party said in a tweet.The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against the AAP minister in connection with the allegations of money laundering in April. He was recently examined by the agency in connection with the probe.
Jain is alleged to be involved in money laundering to the tune of Rs 4.63 crore while being a public servant during 2015-16 through Prayas Info Solutions Private Limited, Akinchan Developers Private Limited and Managalyatan Projects Private Limited, the CBI sources said.
Jain had dismissed the allegations after the Enforcement Directorate last month attached properties linked to him in the matter.
A PE is the first step by the CBI to gather information about allegations.
If the agency is convinced that there exists prima facie material in the matter, it may register a regular case against the accused.
Allegations against Jain also include purported money laundering to the tune of Rs 11.78 crore during 2010-12 through these companies and Indometal Impex Pvt Limited.

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Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is BJP’s presidential nominee

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Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is BJP’s presidential nominee

Posted on 19 June 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party proposed Bihar governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind’s name for India’s next president on Monday, a move being seen as part of the party’s outreach towards the country’s backward castes.

At a press conference in Delhi after a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board, party chief Amit Shah announced the 71-year-old former lawyer and two-time Rajya Sabha MP’s name.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Sonia Gandhi – president of the principal opposition Congress party – and former PM Manmohan Singh about the decision.
“Sonia ji has said that they will hold a discussion before a decision,” Shah told reporters.

Kovind’s candidature is likely to help the BJP warm up to India’s Dalit communities that make up more than 15% of the population and are electorally significant in many big states.
The decision is likely to put many opposition leaders such as Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lalu Prasad, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati and Samajwadi Party in a tight spot, because it might be difficult for them to oppose a Dalit leader due to political equations.

Kovind took over as the Bihar governor two years ago. He studied law from Kanpur University and was central government’s standing council in the Supreme Court between 1980 and 1993. The old Dalit leader from Kanpur also served the national spokesman of the BJP.

He was elected and became a member of the Upper House in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms till March, 2006.

Kovind also headed the BJP’s Scheduled Caste Morcha between 1999 and 2002, the period during which Modi was BJP’s general secretary (organisation). He comes from the Koli community, which is classified as scheduled caste in Uttar Pradesh.

The decision comes amid protracted negotiations in the Opposition camp to zero in on a consensus candidate – seen as an opportunity to rally parties for a grand anti-BJP coalition before the 2019 general elections.

The BJP is 100,000 votes short of a majority in the presidential electoral college, which means it will not only have to convince allies but also rope in fence-sitters such as the AIADMK of Tamil Nadu, Naveen Patnaik’s BJD from Odisha and Telangana’s ruling TRS to put its nominee in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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